Glossary of Terms

1. This quote is an example of antanagoge, “placing a good point or benefit next to a fault criticism, or problem in order to reduce the impact or significance of the negative point”. Here, the good point is to always forgive your enemies. The fault criticism is by doing so, your forgiveness will annoy them.

2. This quote is an example of antimetabole, “reversing the order of repeated words or phrases(a loosely chiastic structure, AB-BA) to intensify the final formulation, to present alternatives, or to show contrast”. This is a loose example. But it does show an alternative, and contrast. (AB-AC)

3. This quote is an example of antithesis, “…can convey some sense of complexity in a person or idea by admitting opposite or nearly opposite truths.” Here, the complexity is the 2 types of people, the sinner and the saint. The opposite truths are the fate of each, a future and a past, respectively.

4.  This quote is an example of diacope, “repetition of a word or phrase after an intervening word or phrase as a method of emphasis”. Here, the word being repeated is “everything”. This is to emphasize that with every age group, there is a vice in common with all.

5. This quote is an example of oxymoron, “…can be useful when things have gone contrary to expectation, belief, desire, or assertion, or when your position is opposite to another’s which you are discussing. The figure then produces an ironic contrast which shows, in your view, how something has been misunderstood or mislabled”. The opposites in which you are discussing is quantity. It is showing the ironic contrast between moderation and extreme.

6. This quote is an example of parataxis, “writing successive independent clauses, with coordinating conjunctions, or no conjunctions”. It contains four separate clauses with no conjunctions.

7. This quote is an example of rhetorical question, “differs from hypophora in that it is not answered by the writer, because its answer is obvious or obviously desired, and usually just a yes or no. It is used for effect, emphasis, or provocation, or for drawing a conclusionary statement from the facts at hand”. Here the obviously desired answer would be “no one”.


In my opinion, twitter has great potential for rhetorical sophistication, but doesn’t meet that potential by a long shot. As opposed to other social networking web sites, twitter only allows for a limited amount to be conveyed at once. With one single tweet, you have to make it last because there not much room provided to expand on any ideas or thoughts. My short story, The Nightingale and The Rose by Oscar Wilde, didn’t provide any further hope of finding any kind of literary gold amongst the mindless tweeters.
Instead, what I found upon searching “Oscar Wilde” (searching the name of the story didn’t work because the title itself is too long and would be almost the whole tweet), was quote after quote. Although I did find many beautiful words and quotes from Wilde, that was the shallow depth that twitter provided in sophistication. These quotes were all that I found. This is what brought me to my conclusion.
In total, my opinion on the “rhetorical sophistication” of twitter is this:the extent of the rhetoric that will be found on twitter is a duplicate. A carbon copy of real rhetoric. Twitter is unoriginal and in almost every way. As I mentioned, twitter has great potential to be original and sophisticated. But it’s wasted on people who can’t come up with something original if their life depended on it.

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